“Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: ‘Who is this who darkens counsel By words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.'” -Job 38:1-3
I’m doing a chronological Bible reading plan and just recently finished going through Job. God had given Satan permission to test Job by hurting him physically and taking away all of his possessions. Yet in all of that, Job did not curse God.
Things got worse, however. Job’s friends were there, telling him that all that had come upon him was the result of sin in Job’s life. They didn’t understand that not only was that not the cause of Job’s problems, but God knew that Job was a “perfect an upright man” and that there was “no one like him in all the earth.”
Job has had put up with a lot. He’s tired. He’s in awful pain. He’s lost all of his material possessions. He’s done. He starts to bemoan the day of his birth. He wishes that he had never been born (Job 3). Just when he’s at the end of his rope, God steps in. And with beautiful imagery and sheer power, He lets Job know that He has it under control. He is God.
The other day, I was praying about something. It was something that I had been praying about for many months, and I was getting frustrated that He wasn’t doing anything.
And in the still of that moment, He spoke to me. Softly, but clearly. He brought to my mind what I had just been reading in Job, and that instantly got my focus back on track. He is God. His timing is perfect. We are called to do our part. He will do His.
If you’re wrestling with God over something, just read these verses. I hope it will have the impact it had on me. It starts in chapter 38 and continues through chapter 41. These are verse 4-33 of chapter 38:
“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measurements?
Surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
6 To what were its foundations fastened?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
7 When the morning stars sang together,
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 “Or who shut in the sea with doors,
When it burst forth and issued from the womb;
9 When I made the clouds its garment,
And thick darkness its swaddling band;
10 When I fixed My limit for it,
And set bars and doors;
11 When I said,
‘This far you may come, but no farther,
And here your proud waves must stop!’
12 “Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
And caused the dawn to know its place,
13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,
And the wicked be shaken out of it?
14 It takes on form like clay under a seal,
And stands out like a garment.
15 From the wicked their light is withheld,
And the upraised arm is broken.
16 “Have you entered the springs of the sea?
Or have you walked in search of the depths?
17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you?
Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?
18 Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth?
Tell Me, if you know all this.
19 “Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
And darkness, where is its place,
20 That you may take it to its territory,
That you may know the paths to its home?
21 Do you know it, because you were born then,
Or because the number of your days is great?
22 “Have you entered the treasury of snow,
Or have you seen the treasury of hail,
23 Which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
For the day of battle and war?
24 By what way is light diffused,
Or the east wind scattered over the earth?
25 “Who has divided a channel for the overflowing water,
Or a path for the thunderbolt,
26 To cause it to rain on a land where there is no one,
A wilderness in which there is no man;
27 To satisfy the desolate waste,
And cause to spring forth the growth of tender grass?
28 Has the rain a father?
Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb comes the ice?
And the frost of heaven, who gives it birth?
30 The waters harden like stone,
And the surface of the deep is frozen.
31 “Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,
Or loose the belt of Orion?
32 Can you bring out Mazzaroth[d] in its season?
Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?
33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you set their dominion over the earth?